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The Aces on Bridge: Tuesday, October 12th, 2021


Iain ClimieOctober 26th, 2021 at 12:59 pm

Hi Bobby,

Impressive car reading although West appears to have 6D and 3H, would surely have switched to a singleton club at T3 and might have exited with a spade at T3 without short clubs. Even so, it would take much confidence at the table. If West exits with a spade, South should try the HJ at T4 on the basis that you never know…

One piece of sad news, though. One of my favourite partners, Jeremy Stanforth, whom I played with in Lancashire for 7 or 8 months when working up there a few years ago, just succumbed to non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Dreadfully sad as he was a really nice guy and only about 62 or 63. I don’t remember us ever having a cross word at the table even in the face of the odd disaster or mix-up. I’d just like to send my sympathy to his family, friends and all those who played with or against him. A true gentleman and a fine player too.



bobbywolffOctober 26th, 2021 at 2:10 pm

Hi Iain,

First, much sympathy for the loss of your close friend and former staunch partner.

Certainly, very sad events indelibly trump even bridge discussion, both for thought, family compatibility, sense of life and especially to reminisce.

Today’s hand may, at least slightly suggest, that perhaps sometimes bidding and for that matter, defensively, signalling partner distribution, may also have its downside, since without West entering the auction, there would be no logical way for declarer to risk cashing the high clubs before exiting.

In no way would I, nor any sane West, not chirp 2 diamonds since to not do so, might even lead others to think that he illegally saw the hand records, making him familiar with that overpowering knowledge to succeed in misleading declarer.

However, our site is not intended to discuss paranoia and my discussion is certainly not intended for that, but only to show clearly what a great game we play (especially for players who like to think), to which we likely, I hope, all agree.

Seemingly all of our regulars do so, in order to exchange information gleaned and theoretical both positive, but sometimes negative information, both exchanged.

At least to me, the playing of our game, with all thought processes involved, can be important in other aspects of life as well. But to go deeply into that, perhaps is, if you’ll excuse the expression to allow, a bridge too far.